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Community grants

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Looking for funding? Middlesbrough Council and MVDA run Find a Funder, an online funding search tool for Middlesbrough communities.

Find a Funder training sessions

Training sessions on using Find a Funder are available. Sessions are aimed at community and voluntary sector groups looking for grant funding.

All Find a Funder training sessions are postponed until further notice due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Session Status

CANCELLED

Monday 6 April 2020

Cancelled due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Monday 11 May 2020

10am to 12pm

Acklam Library

Postponed until futher notice due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Monday 1 June 2020

10am to 12pm

Hemlington Library

Postponed until futher notice due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Monday 6 July 2020

10am to 12pm

Newport Community Hub

Postponed until futher notice due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Monday 10 August 2020

10am to 12pm

Marton Library

Postponed until futher notice due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Monday 7 September 2020

10am to 12pm

Grove Hill Community Hub

Postponed until futher notice due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Monday 5 October 2020

10am to 12pm

North Ormesby Community Hub

Postponed until futher notice due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Monday 2 November 2020

10am to 12pm

Easterside Community Hub

Postponed until futher notice due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Monday 14 December 2020

10am to 12pm

Newport Community Hub

Postponed until futher notice due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Council grant programmes

The council has a number of grant programmes available to voluntary and community sector groups to support activity for people in Middlesbrough. All applications must demonstrate how they link to the Mayor's Vision.

For more information on grants, please contact:

Market Management Officer
Phone: 01642 729309

ESF Community Grants Programme 2019/20

Middlesbrough Council, in partnership with the four Tees Valley councils, has been awarded funding to support those who are furthest from the labour market to move into work. The programme is jointly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 are available for individual projects. Funding is for the purpose of mobilising disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and economically inactive people to facilitate their progress towards employment. The programme runs until October 2020.

Find out more about the ESF Community Grants Programme 2019/20 and apply.

Community Chest

The Community Chest is not currently accepting applications.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to voluntary and community groups within Middlesbrough. This is a rolling programme so applications are accepted throughout the year; the grant panel meets to discuss applications on average four times per year.

Applicants must demonstrate that:

  • The project/group will benefit the people of Middlesbrough
  • The project/group encourages community activity and stimulates participation and involvement
  • The project/group compliments the services and priorities of Middlesbrough Council

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.

Cohesion Grants

The Cohesion Grants programme is not currently accepting applications.

Stronger Communities

Can you help your local community to become a friendlier and more tolerant place; helping people to learn about each other’s faiths and beliefs and work together to make it a better place to live for all? We want to support local voluntary, faith and community groups and their projects with funding of up to £2,000.

Youth Offer

The aim of this funding is to enhance community cohesion among young people; in other words breaking down of barriers and preconceptions. We are looking for young people to tell us what issues they have noticed and to come up with creative ways of raising awareness of this either with groups, the community of Middlesbrough or even nationally. Grants of between £200-£1000 available.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.

Short Break Grants

The Short Break Grants programme is not currently accepting applications.

Do you work with children or young people who are disabled? Grants of up to £3000 are available to groups offering positive activity to children and young people with a disability on evenings, weekends or during school holidays.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.

Development grants

The Development Fund is no longer accepting applications.

In exceptional cases, small grants of up to £5000 are available for voluntary and community groups organisations.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.

Educational bursaries

The Student Bursary Fund is no longer accepting applications.

As these are available due to Trust Funds, the amount available varies.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.

Community Action Fund

The Community Action Fund is not currently accepting applications.

Do you have a good idea which will help make Middlesbrough a better place to live, work, and visit? Do you just need a little bit of money to help make it happen?

Middlesbrough Council has a social regeneration programme called EMPOWER Middlesbrough. It's all about the community, council and other public services working together to make Middlesbrough a better place to live, work, and visit.

Local people, voluntary, faith and community groups can apply to the Community Action Fund for money to help them get their ideas for improving Middlesbrough off the ground.

You can apply in any of the following ways: 

  • sending in your application by email or post by filling in the application form;  
  • sending in a video or sharing your idea via social media; 
  • popping along to one of the drop in sessions or ringing to tell us about your idea in person.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.

Voluntary and community sector grants awarded - 2018-19

View details of the purpose and size of grants awarded.